To curtail what is seen to be “dangerous criminal enterprises” along the border between Washington State and British Columbia, the U.S. Border Patrol is installing a cable barrier. According to Blaine Sector border patrol headquarters, they are administrating the project to address “bi-national safety concerns” in that area of Boundary Road in Zero Avenue in lower mainland B.C. and Lynden, Wash., stretching from Surrey to Abbotsford.
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Tony Holladay stated that the safety cable barrier aids in securing this portion of the border by deterring illegal vehicle entries in both directions together with protecting people in the United States and Canada. Tony stated that in his community, trans-national criminal organizations have capitalized on this vulnerable area by smuggling both narcotics and people. He added that the improvement to that specific border area solve the threat posed by dangerous criminal enterprises.
Since March, when the COVID-19 took hold across both nations, the Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel. Since then, the restrictions have been renewed each month. At the same time, the Canadian Border Services Agency has indicated that Americans trying to visit different ports of entry continues to increase. The latest figures suggest that between March 22 and August 5, 12,819 U.S. citizens have been turned away from the shared border.
B.C. Premier John Horgan warned of the “Alaska loophole,” in July, where Americans traveled to Alaska to take pit stops in B.C. But since then, the CBSA has enhanced border crossing rules for those traveling for non-discretionary purposes.
Foreign nationals were required to enter Canada at one of the following identified CBSA ports of entry as of July 31:
Kingsgate (B.C.), North Portal (Saskatchewan), Osoyoos (B.C.), Abbotsford-Huntingdon (B.C.), and Coutts (Alberta).
Travelers are required to take the most direct route, avoid national parks and other recreational sites, and report their exit date from Canada.